Phalanxes of drunk straight girls have been barreling into gay bars to celebrate an upcoming wedding ever since Sex & The City made it cool to have a gay BFF. Distracting, degrading and often disrespectful, these gatherings have been a topic of debate here and elsewhere for some time.
Well now, the Abbey, one of America’s most famous gay bars has put it’s high heel down: No more bachelorette parties!
Frontiers shared a press release from from The Abbey:
“Every Friday and Saturday night, we’re flooded with requests from straight girls in penis hats who want to ogle our go-gos, dance with the gays and celebrate their pending nuptials. They are completely unaware that the people around them are legally prohibited from getting married,” said David Cooley, Founder of The Abbey. “Over the past 22 years, The Abbey has been a place that accepts everyone, gay, straight, lesbian, transgender, bisexual and everything in between. We love our straight girlfriends and they are welcome here, just not for bachelorette parties.”
It has long been a policy at The Abbey to deny admission to groups in costume, including bachelorette regalia. Bachelorette parties had previously been allowed inside if they removed their costumes. The Abbey’s ‘bachelorette ban’ comes on the heels of a ban on gay marriage in North Carolina and a number of other states across the South. The Abbey encourages other gay-owned and operated establishments to institute their own bans as a sign of solidarity until marriage is legal everywhere for everyone.
The Abbey isn’t the first bar to institute such a ban, but it’s certainly the biggest. What do you think—will other watering holes follow suit? Should they? Pour yourself a stiff one and share in the comments.